INLA kill 17 at Droppin’ Well bar

canada goose clearance The bombing of the Canada Goose Parka Droppin’ Well bar in Ballykelly was described by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as “One of the most horrific crimes in Ulster’s tragic history”. Eleven soldiers and six civilians were killed when a bomb exploded during a disco in the pub. canada goose clearance

cheap canada goose uk The attack canada goose clearance sale was carried out by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a republican paramilitary group. They were targeting soldiers stationed at the nearby Shackleton barracks in County Londonderry. cheap canada goose uk

“This is one of the most horrific crimes in Ulster’s tragic history. This slaughter of innocent people is the product of evil and depraved minds”. This was the reaction of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to one of the highest death tolls of the Troubles in canada goose coats on sale Northern Ireland.

canada goose uk outlet The regular Monday night disco at the Droppin’ Well public house in Ballykelly, County Londonderry, was Canada Goose Jackets packed with around 150 people on 6 December 1982 when a no warning bomb detonated at around 11.15pm. Six civilians, four of them women, and eleven soldiers were killed in the explosion. Approximately 30 more were injured. canada goose uk outlet

Many of those killed and injured were crushed by fallen masonry. So devastating was the impact of the explosion, it was initially thought to have been caused by 30 pounds of explosives. The device is actually believed to have contained five pounds of explosives, packed into a box measuring no more than six inches by three. The destruction was caused by the strategic placing of the device beside a support pillar. Another republican paramilitary group, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), claimed responsibility for the bombing, targeting the pub as it was frequented by British Army soldiers from the nearby Shackleton Barracks.

canada goose In an interview after the bombing, INLA leader Dominic McGlinchey said that the Droppin’ Well’s owner had been warned six times to stop offering “entertainment” to British soldiers. McGlinchey added that the owner, and those who socialised canadian goose jacket with the soldiers, “knew full well that the warnings had been given and that the place was going to be bombed at some stage”. The INLA stated that it was “time Canada Goose sale to take the war to the English and their cohorts in their own areas”. canada goose

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canada goose uk shop The pub manager, Peter Cooke, described the scene of devastation: “It was chaos, bodies lying everywhere, people screaming. I’ve never seen a sight like it in my life.” canada goose uk shop

buy canada goose jacket Following the blast, it took many hours to pull survivors from the rubble. Brian Barron, reporting at the scene for the BBC, told how “many of the 150 soldiers and civilians were entombed screaming in the rubble. It was a truly epic rescue operation”. It was not until 10.30am the following morning that the last of canada goose the bodies was recovered. buy canada goose jacket

canada goose coats Three of the six civilians who lost their lives (Alan Callaghan, Valerie McIntyre and Angela Maria Hoole) were teenagers. Another of the victims, Ruth Dixon, had been celebrating her 24th birthday at the pub when the bomb went off. canada goose coats

Canada Goose Parka Of the eleven soldiers who died, eight were from the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment, two from the Army Catering Corps and one from the Light Infantry. One of the soldiers killed, cheap Canada Goose Lance Corporal Stephen Gossop, had recently phoned his mother to say they had found a safe pub to drink in the Droppin’ Well. Canada Goose Parka

Pat Cooke became the 17th and final canada goose outlet victim of the bombing when she died from her injuries ten days later. Her brother was the owner of the pub, another brother was the manager. Her father was the local undertaker who helped to bury many of those killed at the Droppin’ Well.

uk canada goose In the days following the bombing questions were raised as to why the soldiers had been in the pub given the security risk involved. At the time, the British Army operated a ‘normalisation’ canada goose clearance policy in garrison towns such as Ballykelly. Soldiers would socialise with the local community while off duty, rather than remaining confined to their bases. uk canada goose

canada goose factory sale The commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment defended the decision to allow the soldiers to drink in the Droppin’ Well, reasoning that “we have to try and do what we can to lead as normal a life as we can”. canada goose factory sale

Condemnation for the attack on the Droppin’ Well was widespread. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher described it as “the act of callous and brutal men”. Church of Ireland Bishop James Mehaffey, conducting the funeral of Alan Callaghan, called the bombers “the enemies of all the people in these islands”, and the Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey echoed those sentiments in describing it as “wanton killing”.

cheap Canada Goose Against this backdrop, political controversy ignited over the invitation issued canada goose coats by the Greater London Council to the leadership of Sinn Fin (the IRA’s political wing) to talks in London. While GLC leader Ken Livingstone argued that dialogue was the only way to achieve peace, Northern Ireland Secretary James Prior condemned the invitation: “After the events of this week, I find it intolerable that people should be allowed and invited to come here who have done nothing in any way to condemn what has happened in the bombings this week or for many weeks past”. cheap Canada Goose

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The bombing canada goose black friday sale of the Droppin’ Well brought the threat offered by the INLA sharply into focus. Although capable of headline grabbing acts of violence, such as the murder of Conservative MP Airey Neave in 1979, they had been considered a marginal group by the security forces. In the wake of the Droppin’ Well bombing, their leader Dominic McGlinchey became one of the most wanted men in Ireland. As such, attempts were made to intercept Canada Goose Outlet a suspected operation to ferry McGlinchey across the Irish border into the north on 12 December 1982. INLA members Seamus Grew and Roddie Carroll were shot dead at an RUC roadblock. Neither were armed, and McGlinchey was not in the vehicle.

Canada Goose online In June 1986, four INLA members were found guilty of the Droppin’ Well bombing. Anna Moore, Eamon Moore, Helena Semple and Patrick Shotter all received life sentences for their part in the attack. A fifth, Jacqueline Ann Moore, was given ten years for manslaughter as the court believed she had been coerced into involvement. All of those convicted were from Derry. Canada Goose online

canadian goose jacket The sheer scale of the devastation and loss of life left an indelible mark on many of those who experienced it. In 2010 broadcaster Bill Neely, who at the time of the bombing was a junior reporter on BBC Good Morning Ulster, reflected on reporting the atrocity. “This was mass murder on a scale that I’d never come across before. When I got back to the hotel after the first day of the funerals, I burst out crying. I just put my stuff on the bed and I suddenly found myself sobbing like buy canada goose jacket a baby”. canadian goose jacket

buy canada goose jacket cheap A Lance Corporal stationed at Ballykelly, anonymously recalled the bombing on the Shared Troubles website: “Life in Ballykelly was never the same for both our civilian friends and families and our own military community. There remained a sense of disbelief and cautious awareness by us all. The scars of 6th December 1982 will stay with many of us for all our lives. People have been affected in many different ways by the horrific events of that night”. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking buy canada goose jacket cheap.

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